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Note from NABE Executive Director Dr. Santiago Wood, Ed.D.

Dear NABE family,

On behalf of the NABE Board of Directors, it is my honor to welcome you to the maiden voyage of the NABE eNews brief, a very exciting and innovative online education informational tool, which is a collaboration between the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and MultiView Inc.

This up-to-the minute weekly education eNews brief series is designed for teachers, administrators, students and parents and will explore issues and solutions facing U.S. education today and strategies to better serve and prepare every student in building an effective personalized academic plan through exceptional dual-language and other bilingual education programs. The NABE eNews will also explore challenges of success of implementing the state and national Common Core Standards, innovative science and mathematics curriculum for English learners and other successful approaches to STEM; Race to the Top; equity, diversity and access. Additionally it will review the research and other advancements in the field of K-16 and career readiness education, public policy, economic development and competitiveness at the local, national and global levels.

I believe that you will enjoy these weekly eNews briefs as an important "member-only" benefit. We would like to get your feedback about the eNews brief – the things that you like and would like to see improved, so that we can make it a valuable resource as part of your learning toolkit. For feedback, please contact me directly at or our new administrative assistant, Cassandra Laine ( or call ourNABE office at (240) 450-3700.

Thanks for reading and sharing this invaluable resource with your colleagues. Please remember to calendar one of the most important dates of your school year: NABE 42nd Annual International Bilingual Education Conference in Orlando at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort on Feb. 7-9, 2013. Please register early online ( to take advantage of the two-for-one NABE membership campaign before Aug. 31, 2012.

Si se Puede!
Dr. Santiago Wood, Ed.D.
NABE Executive Director

Obama easing deportation rules for young people
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration is easing its policy of deporting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the USA as children and have led law-abiding lives. The announcement, coming five months before the presidential election while President Barack Obama has been under increased pressure from Hispanic groups for his administration's record on deportations, was immediately denounced as "amnesty" by congressional opponents. More

New Asian immigrants to US now surpass Hispanics
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For the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has surpassed that of Hispanics, reflecting a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers. An expansive study by the Pew Research Center details what it describes as "the rise of Asian-Americans," a highly diverse and fast-growing group making up roughly 5 percent of the U.S. population. More

Higher education success — key system strategies
IDRA Newsletter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nationally, more than 40 percent of all students in K-12 schools are minorities. This is double what it was three decades ago. By 2023, in 11 years, minority children will become the majority in our nation's schools. … It is no longer viable for schools to continue to see Hispanic youth as outsiders. More

Colorado AG says no to college's tuition rate for undocumented students
The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said state-supported institutions of higher education do not have the authority to create discounted tuition categories for illegal-immigrant students without legislative approval. The opinion came in response to a query from the Colorado Community College System after Metropolitan State College of Denver's decision earlier this month to create a new tuition rate for such students. More

Experts: Undocumented students could fill bilingual teacher shortage
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VideoBriefEducators say President Barack Obama's decision to let children of undocumented immigrants work in the U.S. will have a major impact in North Texas classrooms, where 15 percent of bilingual and English as a second language jobs go unfilled. Undocumented but well-educated students will go from working in the shadows to being recruited by districts that pay a $5,000 signing bonus for bilingual teachers. More

North Carolina NAACP renews complaints about student assignment plan
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The North Carolina NAACP is calling on the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to "reinvigorate" its investigation into the Wake County Board of Education, saying the school system's new student assignment plan "has been an abject failure" when it comes to keeping schools economically diverse. More

Boston College invites faculty from 6 other universities to join
e-teaching initiative

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Boston College has invited faculty from six universities to add to a Web-based application that allows professors to digitally build, organize and present content used to teach students, according to campus officials. MediaKron lets faculty arrange a host of instructional, multi-media course material in chronological order and layers, campus officials said. More

Civil rights pioneer plans walk across the state of Mississippi
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VideoBriefThe first African-American to walk into a class at Ole Miss is now on a journey to re-awaken the African-American community – one step at a time. James Meredith pledged to walk the state of Mississippi on the 50th anniversary of his walk for education and truth. More

Texas elementary school library collection honors late teacher
Texas elementary school library collection honors late teacher    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Emerson Elementary School library will have more than 200 Spanish and English books in its library thanks to the family of former first-grade bilingual teacher Rose Harp. The school in Amarillo, Texas, dedicated the new library collection May 31 to honor Harp, who died in January of cancer. She taught at the school for 10 years. More

Educators once opposed raising bilingual children. Experts now say
it's beneficial

New Scientist via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In this article, reporter Catherine de Lange relates her personal experience growing up bilingual. She says in part, "When I was a baby, my mother gazed down at me in her hospital bed and did something that would permanently change the way my brain developed. Something that would make me better at learning, multi-tasking and solving problems. ... She started speaking to me in French." More


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